Rebelle Rally Recap: Spotlight on Team X Elles Racing

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Day 1:

A day of fresh starts.

The Rebelle Rally is the first women’s off-road navigation rally raid in the United States. Teams of two will traverse over 2,000 kilometers in 7 days across the desert West. A unique test of precise navigation, it is not a race for speed, but a unique and demanding event based on the elements of headings, hidden checkpoints, time and distance using maps, compass and roadbook. 


Day 2:

A day of shakeups.

We walked into the second official day of the Rebelle Rally with a four-way tie for first place—and we exited it with a significant points spread between the leaders.

Some teams gained multiple positions in the standings—and some fell from the top to the bottom.

Every checkpoint, every turn, every second, everything counts in the Rebelle Rally. 
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The course today started out with a dry lake bed crossing that turned into a series of soft dunes before reaching the day’s first green checkpoint; which all teams must clear. It proceeded through a set of fast gravel dirt trails before hitting a rugged, remote and almost invisible trail that left several teams unsure of where the road ahead was.

Emme Hall and Rebecca Donaghe moved into first place thanks to a strong second day result, leaving the team with 228 points, completing the course to date with 93-percent accuracy. The fourth and fifth place race is sure to be highly contested, with Nena Barlow and Kande Jacobsen of the Squirrel Girls leading Rhonda Cahill and Rachelle Croft of the X Elles by only two points.


Day 3 & 4:

Dunes ablazin'


Day 5:

The marathon leg

The marathon leg of the Rebelle Rally saw competitors navigate over 463 miles through rugged desert terrain. From here Rebelles had to navigate through open areas which had presented plenty of opportunities for mistakes due to the plethora of routes that could potentially lead to a insane obstacle—including those used in Johnson Valley’s famous King Of The Hammers event. Precision navigation will become paramount in this section of the event, which is expected to put a larger points spread between the competitors.


Day 6:

A day of rallying, hard


Day 7:

A day in their element – stay tuned

Mandy Stephenson
Mandy Stephenson


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